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STOP Believing these internet beauty 'tips'!

14 June, 2020 - 02:13pm by - First Lady | 24 Comments

By BR Tabatha

Oh the interweb, how you’ve educated thee. There once was a time I had no idea how to wing an eye, let alone contour a cheekbone. Then YouTube exploded and with it vloggers galore and slowly I learnt that I could Google anything beauty-related and get an answer. ‘How can I quickly heal acne?’ ‘What colour lipstick is hot right now?’ ‘How can I pump up my lips naturally?” Some advice was spot on, some not so much… as some women who’ve tried the Kylie Jenner challenge have found out.

So what pieces of Internet beauty advice should we ignore? Here are our top offenders:


Lipstick made from crayons! You’ve gotta love a spot of DIY! However making your own lippy out of kiddy craft probably isn’t the best idea. Yes on the outside it might seem safe. Non-toxic! But non-toxic doesn’t mean fit for human consumption. This craze went so gangbusters Crayola had to make a point of dissuading people from trying it.


Pop a pimple with a pin. Whether than pin is a sewing needle, a tack or a safety pin the answer is don’t. Just don’t. Especially if that pin has been sitting around for a while gathering dust… and bacteria. Who knows what infection it could cause, let alone the fact that popping a pimple damages the skin and can cause it to heal even slower. 

Milk of Magnesia

Milk of Magnesia as a primer. I’ve seen two of my favourite vloggers recommend this. I also saw hundreds of people posting below their videos saying ‘noooooo, don’t do it!’. Much like another no-no further down the list, Milk of Magnesia is really alkaline, so applying it can play havoc with your skin’s pH levels, which could open it up to baaaaad bacteria, instead of the good bacteria our skin has and needs when it’s pH is balanced. Our take? Not a goer. 


Mouthwash clears up zits. On the face of it this seems like a great idea. Dab on a bit of minty mouthwash, hit the hay and wake up with smaller zits. The problem with this tip is that the alcohol in the product dries out zits – and the skin around the zits. And as you no doubt know when oily skin is dried out it goes into oil over-production and next thing you know – more zits. It’s probably best to stick to tea tree oil.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda Masks. This one is quite contentious, some people swear by it, saying it helps their skin like nothing else. While others give it the big ‘no way Jose’. Some say it has helped their oily acne-prone skin. Others look at the science and say that due to baking soda being on the higher side of alkaline it destroys the acid mantle of the skin while acting as an overly harsh exfoliant, further damaging your skin. Even in BRHQ we’re divided. One of us swears by it, another one thinks it’s crazy to put something so alkaline onto our delicate skin. The rest of us fence-sit, but have yet to give it a go… because, well, the science seems pretty sound.

So tell us, have you come across any beauty tips online that just seemed dangerous or plain out crazy? Or will you give anything a go once? Chat away.


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10th September, 2020

I admit to trying egg in my hair. Also mum encouraged oatmeal and honey face mask lol

7th September, 2020

Ahh the listening trick - I must confess to using toothpaste on those zits

7th September, 2020


30th July, 2020

I read an article that the beauty industry was tricking us with toners, saying that it was an unnecessary step just to sell more products and that your cleanser should be doing all the work and if it wasn’t either change your cleanser or do a better job with your washing technique. I believed it, and gosh did I suffer the consequences!

21st July, 2020

oh I saw these ! especially the crayon one which sticks out to me . Luckily I never delved into the real of DIY.

21st July, 2020


21st July, 2020

I have seen some of these DIYs and hacks around, but luckily it has never appealed to me. I'm glad I stuck with my gut feeling on these.

20th July, 2020

There are so many “beauty hack” YouTube videos online that show a lot of interesting beauty tips! The face masks with lemon juice look very harsh and damaging to the skin.

6th July, 2020

Yep, I've also tried toothpaste on zits! I'm sure I've tried a lot of crazy things. I've made some pretty out there masks too. Definitely done the pin to a zit! I'm sure I'm going to think of more.

2nd July, 2020

I have heard the pin trick multiple times!

30th June, 2020

I haven't tried any of these thankfully :)

30th June, 2020

Oh heck I just lied. I always popped my pimples with a pin when I was young and got them. Then dried them out with perfume - stingggg!!

21st July, 2020

My mum told me to put perfume on after popping it . I did it and it hurt . Never again

29th June, 2020

Omg! You have to wonder what goes through people's minds to come up with some of these!

28th June, 2020

Half the beauty tips on the internet are SO bad for your skin!!

25th June, 2020

I have done the pin thing with pimples, but disinfecting the pin first.

23rd June, 2020

I am always watching crazy you tube beauty hacks and thinking,really! you are going to put that on your skin??? Nahhh not cool,stick to what you know.

20th June, 2020

I'm not sure which one is the craziest. Milk of magnesia as a primer! Seriously. Guilty of using a needle (sterilized) for milia however.

20th June, 2020

The only one I'd be willing to trial is the baking soda! Everything else oh nooooo

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